Dear Honors Students:
We are so pleased to welcome the Class of 2018 and to welcome back all our returning students! We hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready for the new academic year.
Read on for news about honors traditions, old and new; new honors study abroad scholarships and research grants; and program updates.
-First Annual Boston Trip (Sat, 9/13, noon-9 p.m.): Please join us for a “Secrets of Old Boston” scavenger hunt and dinner in the North End/Quincy Market area. Please sign up using the honors online RSVP form. We can accommodate the first 35 students who respond and will maintain an active waitlist. The bus and scavenger hunt will be paid for by the Honors Program—you will just need to bring cash for dinner.
-Back to School Pizza Lunch (Thurs., 9/11, noon-1 p.m.): You are invited to join us for pizza on Thursday, 9/11 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Blue Lounge (Student Center). Please sign up using the online RSVP form by Monday, 9/8 so we can order enough pizza AND so you can earn honors event credit. Drop-ins are welcome as well. Don’t miss the free lunch, honors credit, and good company!
Lt. Col. James Sheehan has made a generous donation to the Honors Program, which will be used for study abroad scholarships and research/travel grants. Watch your email for information about the application process.
-Honors Team: Dr. Karen Woods Weierman (English) and Dr. Jennifer Hood-DeGrenier (Biology) will remain the Director and Assistant Director. Mary Flibbert will continue in her position as Honors Program Assistant. Megan Luppi will be returning as our graduate assistant for the fall semester, and OT student Beth Powis (Honors Class of 2014) is our newest graduate assistant.
-Academic requirements: This is a good time to review your schedule/DegreeAudit and make sure that you are on track for your honors requirements (7 honors courses with a grade of B or better; 6 courses for transfer students). Dr. Hood-DeGrenier and Dr. Weierman can answer any honors advising questions. Please contact us during the add/drop period if you need assistance with honors courses.
-Co-curricular requirements: Remember that honors students need to attend two events per semester. These events may be sponsored by our program or by other campus organizations. Please consult the honors calendar on the blog and web site (or even embed the honors calendar in your own google calendar) and respond using our online RSVP form. Please let me know if there are any events on campus we’ve missed; we are always glad to add events to the calendar. The RSVP records are maintained by the graduate assistants; please address any questions to Megan Luppi (email@example.com).
-Honors Office (LRC 218): Honors office hours can be found here and are posted on the web site and blog.
-Honors Lounge (LRC 216): All honors students have swipe card access to the lounge, which is available to you for studying and socializing just about any time the library is open. The lounge is closed on Thursdays from 11-12 for team meetings, as well as for monthly student committee and advisory board meetings.
We are looking forward to working with you this year!
Dr. Weierman and Dr. Hood-DeGrenier
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The Honors Program invites you to an afternoon study break! There will be a nacho bar and margarita mocktails in honor of Cinco de Mayo.
The English Department at WSU and the Humanities & Arts Department at WPI are excited to host Forrest Gander, a Pulitzer finalist in poetry (2012), and Christina Davis, an award-winning poet and the curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room, on Tuesday, April 29. Gander and Davis will offer a free Craft Talk about poetry writing, translation, travel writing, genre hybridization, and the writing life at WSU from 3-4:15 p.m. in the Eager Auditorium in the Sullivan Building. All are invited to this event and to the poets’ reading at 7 p.m. tomorrow night in Salisbury Labs at WPI (rm. 115 in Kinnicutt Hall).
As part of their visit, Gander and Davis will share the stage here at WSU with Commonwealth Honors student Sarah Leidhold, the first place prize winner of the annual Barbara Pilon Poetry Contest, who will also read from her work.
Be sure to RSVP for honors credit!
April highlights for the Honors Program included…
- Overnight NYC trip
- Congratulations Day for the Class of 2018
- Conference Practice Dinner
- Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity
- Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass-Amherst
- President’s Dinner and Twelfth Night. Bravo to honors students Peter Starr and Nathen Wheeler for amazing performances and kudos to the honors students who worked on the set.
- On Guard 5K, organized by our own Julie Broderick as part of her Commonwealth Honors Project.
Thanks to all the students and faculty who made these events possible!
Still looking for an honors course?
Please note that the all-honors PH 263-H1: Film and Philosophy (GP, TLC) still has seats available.
Dr. Weierman’s special topics course, EN 450-H2: Transatlantic Antislavery Literature, has just been approved for the following LASC categories: WAC, DAC, TLC, USW.
on the lawn outside the Student Center
Sponsors: GTU, EAG, Divestment Team
The Honors Program is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Commonwealth Honors Project Prize Competition, which was judged at yesterday’s Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity: